1979 Honda Civic CVCC Wagon
Chassis no. WBA 5004000
Not surprisingly, considering that it was - and still is - the world's largest producer of motorcycles, Honda's first sports cars featured technology borrowed from its Grand Prix-winning two-wheelers. Engines were all-aluminum, twin-overhead-camshaft, four-cylinder units with roller bearings used throughout, and the early S500 and S600 models employed a part-chain transmission.
As production developed, the ever inventive Honda created a new technology which enabled them to reach the high standards set in the U.S. for exhaust emissions, the CVCC stood for Compound Vortex Controlled Combustion and debuted on their cars in 1972. An ingenious piece of engineering, these engines followed standard practice of inlet/exhaust valves, but added an additional small inlet valve that projected a relatively rich mixture near to the spark plug, the remainder of the mixture was leaner than normal in the cylinder. When combusted all of the fuel was used, and so reduced the carbon monoxide emissions. It enabled them to break into the American market, a move which can only be followed with the phrase 'the rest is history'.
This Civic Wagon is one such car, the antithesis of the large American produced station wagons, it has compact seating for four, a small trunk area and roof rack. Despite its mileage recording of a whisker over 100,000, this car is in extremely good and straight order and is absolutely original throughout. The only noted defect is some damage to the driver's seat, otherwise one is looking at a benchmark of this rarely seen and now collectible model.